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Summer Camp

 

During the summer we run science camps at Hancock Field Station. Below is a list of what we offer for 2012.

2nd - 3rd Grade 4th - 5th Grade 6th - 8th Grade 9th - 12th Grade

 

  


 

Hancock Explorers     (2nd-3rd)

 

Journey to Hancock Field Station for a summer adventure in Oregon’s dry side.  You will observe the diverse creatures from scorpions to owls, pore over the rocks in search of fossils, and pit your own survival skills against the desert. Evenings will be filled with short hikes to observe wildlife, observational astronomy, and songs by the campfire. 

 


 

Junior Survival     (2nd-3rd)

 

Our week will be packed with many exciting modern outdoor survival skills and those used by ancient humans.  You will learn to eat off the land, navigate with a map and compass, and making a shelter out of natural materials.  There will be opportunities for tracking animal sign, learning to make fire, and practicing with early American Indian tools.

 


 

Astronomy Camp     (4th-5th)

 

Astronomy Camp will give you the opportunity to discover stars and planets and the world of space exploration.  We will use telescopes to get a closer look at other galaxies and nebulae, attempt to count the stars in the sky, take an imaginary voyage to the other planets of our solar system and learn our way around the summer constellations.

 


 

Desert Survival     (4th-5th)

 

The program will stress outdoor ethics, modern wilderness skills, and primitive technologies.  Our week will be packed with excitement, learning to eat off the land, navigate with a map and compass, and making a shelter out of natural materials.  We will build participants' confidence in the outdoors by focusing on the skills and knowledge required to work or recreate outdoors. 

 


 

Fossils and Geology     (4th-5th)

 

The rocks and fossils at Hancock tell a fascinating story about the plants and animals that used to inhabit Central Oregon.  From a camp centered in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, discover how minerals make up rock, how fossils are made, how rock is eroded into canyons, and what stories are locked inside the hills.

 


 

Hancock Naturalists     (4th-5th)

 

Journey to Hancock Field Station for a summer adventure in Oregon’s dry side.  You will observe the diverse creatures from scorpions to owls, pore over the rocks in search of fossils, and pit your own survival skills against the desert. Evenings will be filled with short hikes to observe wildlife, observational astronomy, and songs by the campfire. 

 


 

Reptile & Amphibians     (4th-5th)

 

Enjoy a summer adventure devoted to studying reptiles and amphibians.  You will observe the diverse creatures of the semi-arid desert: those that crawl, hop, slither, and creep.  We’ll learn the difference between reptiles and amphibians, learn to identify the many native and non-native species living in the area, and become adept amateur herpetologists. 

 


 

Astronomy Camp     (6th-8th)

 

Our week will be packed with exciting activities focused on the many facets of astronomy.  We will learn about the moon, other planets, and our very own star: the sun.  We’ll enter into mind-expanding discussions about black holes and cosmology, and at night, we will stay up late using telescopes to observe the sky to get a closer look at other galaxies and nebulae.

 


 

Hancock Adventure     (6th-8th)

 

Journey to Hancock Field Station for a summer adventure in Oregon’s dry side.  You will observe the diverse creatures from scorpions to owls, pore over the rocks in search of fossils, and pit your own survival skills against the desert. Evenings will be filled with short hikes to observe wildlife, observational astronomy, and songs by the campfire. 

 


 

Herpetology Field Study     (6th-8th)

 

On this 2-week odyssey you will learn about reptiles and amphibians in the varied ecosystems across Oregon.  Study reptiles and amphibians like a real team of scientists, learning about animal husbandry, and reptilian genetics.  Additionally, see some of the most secluded, unique, and seemingly uninhabitable corners of Oregon, and the creatures that do inhabit them.

 


 

Paleontology Field Study     (6th-8th)

 

Discover fossil evidence for one of the most dramatic climate events in Earth history: the change from the Eocene "hothouse" to the Oligocene "ice house."  Based at OMSI's Hancock Field Station, we will be exploring the fossils of the world-famous John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  Learn why the monument is fast becoming a testing ground for different theories of evolutionary processes.  Participants will gain an understanding of the regional geology, fossil animals, plants and soils of Central Oregon from the framework of climactic change, evolution and geologic process. 

 


 

Wilderness Survival (6th-8th)

 

The program will stress outdoor ethics and modern wilderness skills while learning to eat off the land, navigate with a map and compass, and make fire and find water.  Participants gain confidence in the outdoors by learning the skills required to work or recreate outdoors.  Campers will get to practice building shelters on a backpacking camp-out in the desert. 

  


 

Astronomy Camp     (9th-12th)

 

Hancock’s warm nights and dark skies offer campers a great opportunity for in-depth learning in astronomy.  There will be time for observation, and time to master the use of our several telescopes.  We will be viewing the sun’s surface through a filtered lens, studying the moon, the life cycle of a star, and delving into the physics of space-time, gravity, and distance. 

  


 

Leadership Training: Hancock     (9th-12th)

 

This is an opportunity to learn outdoor leadership skills while living the life of OMSI summer camp. The first week is devoted to training sessions of philosophies and skills in group management. During the second week, we will interact with the younger campers to practice some skills. The participants will also plan and run a LIT only weekend camping trip, and a science based program for the younger campers.

 


 

Paleontology Research Team     (9th-12th)

 

Participants will gain an understanding of the regional geology, fossil animals, plants and soils of Oregon.  Students will be involved in field excavation, laboratory preparation and analysis, preparing fossils for study, and the basics of field geology including stratigraphy and mapping.  The team will work in concert with professional paleontologists while also enjoying all the best central Oregon has to offer including broad rivers canyons, and majestic cliffs. 

 


 


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If you’d like to be added to our e-mail list and receive notifications about Science Camps & Classes updates, e-mail register@omsi.edu. Questions? Call 503.797.4661.

 

Contact Information:

1945 SE Water Ave

Portland, OR 97214

E-mail: hancock@omsi.edu

Phone: 541.763.4691

Fax: 503.239.7838